Pumping Iron - Through Your Blood


Iron is an essential nutrient in the diet of herbivores and carnivores alike. The most widely recognized sources of iron are animal sources, especially red meat. You may not realize that optimal amounts of iron can be obtained from a plant-based diet. By incorporating plant based iron sources into a vegetarian or vegan diet, individuals can easily meet their iron requirements without having to defer to supplemental forms or animal based sources. Iron is essential for human metabolic processes due to the structural role in necessary proteins. Most commonly known is the role of iron in hemoglobin and myoglobin proteins, which are responsible for carrying oxygen in red blood cells throughout our body and to the lungs. For this reason, when an individual is deficient in iron, or anemic, they usually lack energy and feel lethargic due to a lack of oxygen in the tissu